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Tough times for Retailers

Here's a few things for the security teams at  retailers to consider:

The death of SaaS? Bringing software back.

So, it used to be common knowledge, some time after I suffered through setting up data centers in co-location facilities but before I was selling security software/virtual appliances, that 'software was dead'.  Well, I'm of the opinion that software (and PaaS) are bringing software back.

People liked SaaS because it meant that they didn't have to buy or manage hardware, it was reliable and if you had internet, available everywhere. These SaaS players and consumer sites like Etsy and Netflix led the move to Dev-ops and idempotent infrastructure, creating reliable infrastructure and agile operations. They pushed infrastructure as code as I have seen in, a program that allows you to build idempotent virtual machines for your virtual platform of choice or PaaS vendor.

Free two-factor authentication from WiKID

Today we announced our 4.0 release of the WiKID Strong Authentication server.  This release includes a much easier way to configure your WiKID server.  You can edit a sample configuration file with all your WiKID server and network information and use it to build your server in one step. The configuration file contains about 15 pieces of basic information about your network and certificate information.  We've also released a certificate management system that better manages licensing.  It allows companies to manage their user base much more easily.  We have found that companies are increasing the ways they use two-factor authentication and increasing the number of users over time.

The big news is you can now use the Enterprise version of WiKID free for up to 5 users.  We've had the WiKID Community version free as in speach for some time, but the encryption libraries we use for the smart phone tokens and the RADIUS server plugin are licensed and could not be released. There are a number of smaller companies, non-profits and security-minded home-network sys admins that need two-factor authentication.  This is for them.  It also eliminates the need for a test or lab license.  We encourage customers to set up test labs! 

So, if you want to set up two-factor authentication or just play around with it, please download our server!

The weakest link in your supply chain may be passwords

From the Register. 

X2Go on Centos

I recently did a tutorial on how to add two-factor authentication to X2Go via pam-radius on Ubuntu.  I've been playing with X2go since then on CentOS. I've released the scripts that I used to create my X2Go virtual boxes on Github. In addition, since packer can output AMIs, we've released a public AMI of the output. It is ami-c854d7a0 (based on a Rightscale image).

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